Table 5

Coverage of existing legislation, regulations and health care plans regarding palliative care
Belgium England (UK) France Germany Netherlands Poland Spain
Definition of PC mentioned A D
Right to PC A A A B, D
Access to PC A E A A, B, D D E B, C, D
PC provision A, B, E E A, B, D, E A, B, D B, D E B, D
Quality assurance A D A, B, D D D
Patient allowances B C C D C C C
PC leave for informal caregivers B A B
Advance directives C C A C C
National funding PC services B, E E A, B, D B, D A
PC Training E B, D A, C D D
Research D D D
Opioids D D
PC volunteers D A, B, C C

A. Palliative care laws.

B. Palliative care regulations.

C. General health care laws/ system.

D. National palliative care plans.

E. National cancer plan.

Beek et al.

Beek et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:275   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-275

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